In the Fog (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

I woke from a short nap with less than 30 minutes left on our bumpy two-hour drive up the mountains. We left the Ayurvedic treatment center, Kayakalp, and headed straight to our homestay in a Tibetan refugee community near the Nepal border. Just before I fell asleep, I found myself in a small town outside …

Farewell Gathering (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Our homestay in McLeodganj, Dharamsala was filled with meaning, reflection and connection. Experimenters stayed with Tibetan families who were first or second generation refugees living in India, who opened their homes and hearts to us. We learned more than words can describe--not only about their struggle for social justice, but also the incredible resilience and …

Being at Peace (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

"This picture represents the unknown. The unknown of whether the people lying there are homeless and sleep in the train station or they're just simply waiting for their train arrival. You can't just assume and tell who's homeless and who's not, just like we can't begin to observe situations and automatically believe that what we …

Homestay Haikus (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

A great fog descends Thick like cauliflower soup Soon to unveil green hills - Lev I'm in Mcleodganj What I see here are vendors And pretty mountains - Nicole High up the mountains Monkeys climb the stacked houses Watching, learning, glee. - Lili Some days there is sun. Other days it is rainy. Still, I …

The Effect of Religious Diversity in McLeod Ganj (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Essay by Experimenter Brendan: In the town of McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama, there exists two major religions that have affected the development of India: Hinduism and Buddhism. The more locally practiced of the two, Buddhism has made it's temporary home in McLeod Ganj to escape persecution by the Chinese government, acting as …

Western Effect on Tibetan Culture (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Essay by Experimenter Hayley:  On October 7th, 1950, China invaded Tibet. To follow would come decades of torture, theft, and genocide. This genocide is multidimensional, as it isn't just the murder of over a million tibetans, but it is also a cultural genocide. Cultural genocide is defined as "the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage of …

How Privilege Affects Indians and Tibetans (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Essay by Experimenter Lili: DISCLAIMER. Most of the people I asked were Indian men, just because in the local community this was the group that spoke the most English and most shop owners fit this description. DESCRIPTION: India is one of the most heavily populated countries in the world. With 1.324 billion people in the …

Perceptions of Beauty in Indian and Tibetan Culture (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Essay by Experimenter Khaya: In the United States, I would be considered a "normal size". In India, I am considered fat or overweight, as a woman. Most of these beauty standards are not placed on men, but they are definitely prevalent upon women worldwide. Most of these beauty standards across the wild come from the …

Differences in Lifestyles between Tibetan and Mexican Households (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Essay by Experimenter Lizet: Pride in culture comes from the household. Culture that comes from generations to generations of teachings and traditions. Coming from a Mexican home, my mother has made sure that I learn what her mother taught her. Bringing myself into a totally different country and home is where what I learned didn't …

The Potency of Western Pop In India: A Brief Analysis (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Essay by Experimenter Leah: Nestled in the winding side streets of Harajuku in the humid summer haze of early July of 2016, I had an epiphany that has haunted me ever since. I attempted to make small talk with local high school students over okonomiyaki and was failing miserably, until another American student cut in …